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PVICME Celebrates 15 years with a 15% group enrollment discount!

2012 marks the 15th anniversary of Pacific Vascular Inc. (PVI)’s educational division, Pacific Vascular Institute for Continuing Medical Education (PVICME).  In 1997, PVI formally consolidated its many years of clinical experience in vascular ultrasound education in the formation of PVICME.  PVICME continues to fulfill part of PVI’s corporate philosophy, “To promote the understanding of noninvasive vascular diagnosis” and takes this role seriously, with all courses focused entirely on vascular ultrasound exams and diagnosis.  PVI is passionate about patient care and the field of non-invasive diagnosis of vascular disease.  Our courses are designed for physicians, sonographers, technologists, and other related healthcare professionals to learn the concepts of vascular ultrasound and how to apply them to diagnosis.  It is our goal for all learners to embrace this information and ultimately to give all learners the knowledge, resources, and confidence to excel in this field.

We value our opportunities to improve patient care around the globe through our educational courses as well as our online and DVD based educational activities.  For these reasons and more, we are very excited to celebrate this milestone and we look forward to sharing our experience for another 15 years!   

 Celebrate with us…  PVICME is offering a 15% discount on group enrollment for our spring courses.  For details, call (425)398-7772.  For our course schedule, click here

PVICME is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide Continuing Medical Education for physicians and SVU CME credit for technologists.

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Know the Stroke Warning Signs ~ It Could Save Your Life!

According to the American Stroke Association, from the moment a stroke occurs, millions of brain cells die each minute, increasing the risk of permanent brain damage, disability or death. Click here to learn about stroke warning signs.

So, if you or someone with you has one or more of these stroke signs, do not delay! Immediately call 9-1-1.  

Also, check the time so you will know when the first symptoms appeared. If it is a stroke, it is very important to take immediate medical action. A clot-busting drug called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) can reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke, if given within in three hours of the start of a stroke.

Diet Soda Tied to Stroke & Heart Attack

A recent study reports that those that drink diet soda every day were 48% more likely to have a stroke, heart attack or vascular death.

First Accredited Screening Lab in Washington State

Futura Health Screening is the first and only ICAVL accredited noninvasive vascular screening program in Washington State. On December 1, 2010 Futura Health Screening attained recognition for its commitment to providing a high level of patient care and quality testing for the diagnosis of vascular disease. Futura achieved accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL) in the area of screening, which includes screening for carotid artery disease, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), and carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT). Read more here.

Vascular testing is more than just looking at arteries and veins…

The field of ultrasound consists of a variety of specialties; general, cardiac, ob/gyn, ophthalmic, and vascular ultrasound. Vascular ultrasound, as is the case with all of the other disciplines of ultrasound, requires considerable training and a high level of skill. The degree of specialization required to perform competent and diagnostic studies is perhaps best demonstrated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ recognition that personnel performing vascular ultrasound studies should be appropriately certified and/or working in an accredited laboratory. Currently, such requirements are in place in 26 states as a prerequisite to submission of claims for payment to the Medicare program.

Personnel certification and lab accreditation, however, should only be viewed as establishing minimum level competency. When evaluating where to send your patients in need of noninvasive vascular testing, a number of other factors should also be considered in deciding where your needs and the needs of your patients can be best served.

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